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Vacation Homes

Vacation Homes

Summer is in full swing, and for most of us that means vacation is on the brain. In this spirit, we thought we’d discuss some of our favorite vacation home inspirations—if nothing else, dreaming about these gorgeous homes is a five-minute mental vacation. But seriously, we love getting to consult on vacation home interiors and […]

Outdoor Living: Let’s Cultivate!

Outdoor Living: Let’s Cultivate!

It’s summertime (in the South) and the living’s easy… so let’s LIVE OUTSIDE!  POOLSIDE HANGING We love the geometric design of this poolside oasis we recently completed. The clean lines produce a simultaneously simple and inviting effect. Nothing is more conducive to summertime fun than a little bit of water. FIRE PIT CONVERSATIONS Another favorite […]

Wallpaper: We Can’t Get Enough!

Wallpaper: We Can’t Get Enough!

Reason # 1: Achieves a refined and sophisticated look while still maximizing utility and functionality.  We recently finished this commercial project with a wallpaper that looks really elegant, but the vinyl material allows for easy cleaning. Coverings like this are a perfect option for the growing family.  Reason #2: Creates an impactful focal point without […]

Greening Up Your Space

Greening Up Your Space

Spring has officially Sprung, and we are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle new projects here at Paxton Place. One of our favorite ways to greet the traditional season of growth is by greening up our indoor spaces. House plants are having a moment right now anyway, so it’s a great excuse to experiment with [...]
New Kitchen Design

New Kitchen Design

It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of your home, and at Paxton Place Design we couldn’t agree more. You can set the tone for your entire home with just this one room. When we start a new kitchen design for our clients, one of our first steps is often selecting flooring. The [...]
Top 2019 Interior Design Trends

Top 2019 Interior Design Trends

COMFORT & FUNCTIONALITY 2019 is the year of organically loving your space, and interior design trends are majorly reflecting this idea. Gone are the days of looks over comfort and functionality. At Paxton Place, we are embracing this trend by asking ourselves and our clients, “What do I really value? How can my space represent [...]
The Home Gift Guide

The Home Gift Guide

From perfecting décor to planning seamless gatherings, the holidays center around our homes. Obviously, at Paxton Place we adore this most magical time of year! In the spirit of holiday cheer- and because, let’s face it, we like to shop A LOT- we thought it would be fun to share our Home Gift Guide. With [...]
We Can Decorate Your Home or Office for the Holidays

We Can Decorate Your Home or Office for the Holidays

Feeling a little ho ho hum about the holidays? At Paxton Place Design, we can expertly decorate one tree, one room or your entire home or office. We can use your existing holiday décor, or buy some new items. We can work on an hourly basis or provide a complete project estimate. It’s a busy […]

Before & After Kitchen by Paxton Place

Before & After Kitchen by Paxton Place

Our client wanted a bright, updated kitchen without the mess and expense of starting from scratch. Before: The walls were red and mustard with black sconces. There was a “window” in the wall between the kitchen and the living room. In order to save money, they wanted to keep most of the fixtures. After:  We […]

Need an Interior Designer? We Work with Any Budget

Need an Interior Designer? We Work with Any Budget

If there is one misconception about hiring an interior designer, it’s that our services are solely for the wealthy. At Paxton Place Design, we work with any budget. No joke. In fact, we welcome working with you through one-hour consultations which allow you to see how we design and whether it matches your vision. Don’t […]

Paxton Place Named Best Interior Design Firm

Paxton Place Named Best Interior Design Firm

We did it! Paxton Place Design has been named Fort Worth Magazine’s “Best Of” in the category of Interior Design Firm. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who cast a vote for us. Paxton Place will be featured in the June issue of Fort Worth Magazine as well as their summer [...]
Interior Design on a Budget: Four Easy Projects

Interior Design on a Budget: Four Easy Projects

Not everyone is in a position to do a total home makeover. So if your home is feeling a little tired and dated, and you’re working with a budget, I have four projects that can update your space.  New Paint. Okay, I may be using “easy” a bit loosely here as people have been known [...]
The Beak and Branch Floor Lamp: A Touch of Color and Whimsy

The Beak and Branch Floor Lamp: A Touch of Color and Whimsy

If you prefer more muted paint colors and furniture, the addition of colorful accessories can add a touch of lightness and fun to any space. The Beak and Branch Floor Lamp is an absolute delight. Various flora and fauna are hand-embroidered on the shade with a three-legged gold base and finial. You can purchase this [...]
Paxton Place Named Best Interior Design Firms

Paxton Place Named Best Interior Design Firms

We did it! Paxton Place Design has been named Fort Worth Magazine’s “Best Of” in the category of Interior Design Firm. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who cast a vote for us. Paxton Place will be featured in the June issue of Fort Worth Magazine as well as their summer [...]
We’re Growing and We’re Hiring!

We’re Growing and We’re Hiring!

Paxton Place Design is looking to hire an Interior Designer or an Interior Design Assistant. We are located in Fort Worth, and our interior design firm handles residential and commercial projects. This is a part-time position with hours around 25-30 per week. We need someone who is proficient in CAD, Photoshop, Excel and Word. Design […]

What’s New?  Four Interior Design Trends for 2018

What’s New? Four Interior Design Trends for 2018

At the beginning of every year, there are a number of articles that discuss design trends. It is always interesting to see what might be popular, but I always say, what you add to your home or office should speak to you. If concrete countertops are the “in” thing but you’d rather stick with granite, […]

Need Your Vote for Fort Worth Magazine Best of 2018

Need Your Vote for Fort Worth Magazine Best of 2018

It is time to vote for the Fort Worth Magazine Best of 2018. There are so many wonderful businesses in our community, and I can tell you that as a small business owner, we appreciate every mention, referral, and review. Fort Worth Magazine Best of 2018 includes an Interior Design Firm category, and I would […]

Lighting:  Take a Look at Sconces

Lighting: Take a Look at Sconces

I love to use sconces as a lighting source. Sconces create a sophisticated light pattern – adding life, character and ambience to any space. They’re especially beautiful on either side of a mirror.  On a professional note, I always add dimmer switches on sconces so you can control the mood of the space. If you’re […]

Laundry Room:  Fluff and Bold

Laundry Room: Fluff and Bold

I am a big fan of the laundry room. In my mind, this small space has always lent itself to bright pops of color, graphic prints – and just about anything else that makes you smile while you’re doing laundry. We designed this laundry room from beginning to end. Our client wanted something functional, but […]

Pantone Color of the Year:  Ultra Violet

Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

If you live anywhere in Fort Worth, the Pantone Color of the Year is sure to please. Pantone 18-3838 is also called Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points toward us toward the future.” When I was around 12 years old, I went to Austin with a friend. […]

A Dining Room to Remember

A Dining Room to Remember

At the end of 2017, we posted an article about our “12 Favorite Things.” If you missed it, you can find it here.  Topping our list was the unexpected surprise of wallpaper. In this dining room, we wallpapered the ceiling in a stylized print in a fuchsia hue allowing it to be the focal point. […]

Our 12 Favorite Things

Our 12 Favorite Things

Wallpaper:  On the walls, on the ceiling, on the backs of bookshelves – we love it most places! Woven Blinds:  Add a natural element while achieving your desired level of privacy. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter:  This is an excellent grey/beige for a neutral wall color. We also call it greige. Re-upholstery:  Bring new life to […]

We Can Decorate Your Home or Office for the Holidays

We Can Decorate Your Home or Office for the Holidays

Feeling a little ho ho hum about the holidays? At Paxton Place Design, we can expertly decorate one tree, one room or your entire home or office. We can use your existing holiday décor, or buy some new items. We can work on an hourly basis or provide a complete project estimate. It’s a busy […]

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

While we prepare to spend time with our family, we are especially mindful of the many blessings bestowed upon us. I am so grateful for my loving husband and supportive family. I am grateful for my friends who dispense advice and laughter at the perfect time. I am grateful for those who have contacted Paxton […]

Updating the Guest Room

Updating the Guest Room

For many, the guest room is typically one of the smaller spaces in the house. While this might seem to limit your options, it doesn’t have to. In this guest room, the client wanted a simple but sophisticated space that would welcome any friend or family member. While it is a smaller room, I utilized […]

Decorating for the Holidays? We Can Help

Decorating for the Holidays? We Can Help

Are you celebrating something special this holiday season? Expecting a small army of friends and family? Maybe you’d like the holidays to simply feel special? This is a great time to think about having your home or office decorated for the holidays. Any holiday. While I don’t want to take away from the fun of […]

Finalist for Fort Worth HOME Design Awards

Finalist for Fort Worth HOME Design Awards

We are excited to be named a finalist for the 2017 Fort Worth HOME Design Awards in two categories: Best Kitchen and Best Outdoor Space. Fort Worth HOME recognizes the top well-designed spaces in the Fort Worth/Dallas area in eight different categories, and we are so pleased to be a part of it. Finalists will […]

Take Wallpaper Up a Notch

Take Wallpaper Up a Notch

I love to use wallpaper in unusual ways, including placement in the back of cabinets, for entire bathrooms and even on ceilings. This client’s dining room was recently featured in 817 Home magazine. As you can see, I added a Harlequin silver-and-white wallpaper to the ceiling – adding both drama and warmth to a traditional […]

Join Us in Donating to a Relief Fund

Join Us in Donating to a Relief Fund

It is safe to say, the photos, stories and videos of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, have affected us all. I grew up in Galveston and have many family and friends that were affected by the storm. If you’re able, please join us in donating to the charity of your choice to help […]

The Noguchi Table

The Noguchi Table

Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese American artist and industrial designer, designed this walnut and glass cocktail table. While it looks like a sculpture or museum piece, it is sturdy and completely functional. The Noguchi table is a piece of modernist furniture first produced in the mid-20th century; introduced by Herman Miller in 1947. It became one of […]

From Heirloom to Hooray!

From Heirloom to Hooray!

Do you have an heirloom piece and you’re not sure what to do with it? So often, these items are hidden away or tucked away in storage. We are working with a client who inherited these chairs and wanted to keep them front and center. The original fabric was worn, stained, and dated. We needed […]

On a Budget? A Few Tips to Update Your Kitchen

On a Budget? A Few Tips to Update Your Kitchen

For many, the kitchen is where we gather. It’s a place for cooking, quick snacks, meals, homework and entertaining. If you’d like to spruce up your kitchen but don’t want to start from scratch, here are a few budget-friendly ideas:   It may seem obvious, but if your cabinets and drawers have had the same […]

Pantone Creates a Pop Culture Blue

Pantone Creates a Pop Culture Blue

Color is such an important aspect of interior design. Whether you want to brighten a room, create a soothing sanctuary, or offer a touch of whimsy, the color you choose will be the key. Color can also be used to create a “signature.” Think of Tiffany’s iconic robin’s egg blue, or Post-It notes canary yellow […]

How to Add Artwork to Your Home

How to Add Artwork to Your Home

For many people, one of the most intimidating aspects of interior design is adding pieces of art. What would look best in your home? How many pieces? How much do you have to spend? Art can be very expensive or very cheap (and look cheap). My recommendation is to hire us for a consultation to […]

Myth #1: Interior Designers are Only for the Wealthy

Myth #1: Interior Designers are Only for the Wealthy

If there is one misconception about hiring an interior designer, it’s that our services are solely for the wealthy. At Paxton Place Design, we work with any budget. No joke. In fact, we welcome working with you through one-hour consultations which allow you to see how we design and whether it matches your vision. Don’t […]

The Patio: Creating a Comfortable, Inviting Space

The Patio: Creating a Comfortable, Inviting Space

We recently worked on a backyard layout for a family of five.  There was a tiny yard and a very small covered porch. With three young girls under the age of five, the goal was to extend the indoor living space to the backyard where they could entertain and watch the girls play. Our new […]

What Do Clients See When They Walk in Your Door?

What Do Clients See When They Walk in Your Door?

You know the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” So what do clients see when they walk in your door? Is it dark? Have you skimped on the furniture? Has your reception area been the same for the last 12 years? OnTrack Staffing wanted a lighter, brighter look […]

Is Matte Black an Option?  Absolutely

Is Matte Black an Option? Absolutely

Do you feel like matte colors are gaining in popularity? We’re now seeing matte lip colors, matte fashion accessories as well as matte kitchen appliances. As is typically the case, once a trend starts growing, it almost always finds its way into interior design. I use a matte charcoal or matte black on everything – […]

Case Study: Highlighting American Craftsman Style

Case Study: Highlighting American Craftsman Style

As an interior designer, I have clients from all walks of life with tastes that range from conservative to modern. In this particular case study, I helped an attorney who has his office in a historical house. While the goal was to update the interior, he wanted to maintain the American Craftsman style that was […]

Lighten (and Brighten) Your Load

Lighten (and Brighten) Your Load

If you have to carry everything but the kitchen sink, at least choose a tote that adds a little fun to the task. Paxton Place Design is selling two totes: striped charcoal and lime dot. The recycled canvas tote measures 18x14x6 (inches) and features vegan leather trim with hand-printed, eco-friendly pigment inks. We also have […]

Updating a Conference Room

Updating a Conference Room

For many business owners – especially those who constantly welcome clients and prospective clients – the conference room is one of the busiest rooms in an office space. What does your conference room say about you and your business? For this law firm, located in the historical Oxsheer House, their often-used conference room was in […]

What do these Kitchen Ideas have in Common?

What do these Kitchen Ideas have in Common?

I’m a sucker for an interior design photo gallery. So when I came across “20 Kitchen Ideas for 10 Décor Styles,” I immediately started clicking through the photos. As you can imagine, there are some interesting styles – from rustic to modern to industrial to elegant. No matter the category, do you know what almost […]

Paxton Place Design Earns Award

Paxton Place Design Earns Award

We are thrilled to announce that Paxton Place Design has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Fort Worth Award in the Interior Design category. This is the second time since 2014 that we have been selected for this award. Each year, the Best Businesses of Fort Worth Award Program honors the achievements and […]

Orange is the New What?!

Orange is the New What?!

I came across a home and gardening article that featured orange as a hot color trend for interior design. Orange may not be the first color that pops into your plans, but I am a big fan. I have used orange for an accent wall, for a pop of color in a laundry room, in […]

Paxton Place Design Wins Best of Houzz Award

Paxton Place Design Wins Best of Houzz Award

Paxton Place Design was recently voted a winner of the Best of Houzz 2017! Our design firm won in the “Best of Customer Service” category, as voted on by the more than 40 million members in the Houzz community. The Customer Service honor is based on several factors, including the number and quality of client […]

10 Design Trends for 2017

10 Design Trends for 2017

With the turn of the calendar, many of us are ready to make a change in our home or our office. Whether it’s fresh paint, new furniture or a complete redesign, I thought you might like to check out some of the decorating trends coming this year. You’ll note that the color green is mentioned […]

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year:  Greenery

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

I can’t think of anything else in the design world that causes as much buzz and debate as the Pantone Color of the Year. For 2017, the color is (drum roll, please) Greenery. Pantone describes this annual selection as symbolic and a “… a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global […]

A New Year, A New Space

A New Year, A New Space

I love the start of a new year, the feeling of a fresh start and the excitement of setting, and working toward, new goals. What about you? Is this the year you finally get the office you always wanted? Is this the year you finally update your kitchen, or laundry room? Maybe you have dreams […]

Happy Holidays to All

Happy Holidays to All

While we are rushing around, completing to-do lists, wrapping presents and running to the grocery store (again), I would like to take a moment and wish everyone good health, peace and warm wishes. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Food Baskets for Children

Christmas Food Baskets for Children

With the holidays right around the corner, I am a veritable tornado of activity. But in the midst of my Christmas craziness, I am reminded of the genuine need of others – and the kindness and generosity of our community. Can you imagine being an immigrant in Fort Worth? Heading to grandma’s house is not […]

The Versatile Cigarette Table

The Versatile Cigarette Table

I absolutely love these small tables. They add a touch of ambience and fun to any space. These are solid acacia wood tables so they’re heavy yet light, mobile but stationary. These make a perfect perch for laptops, cocktails, art books, a small vase of flowers, or a bowl of Cheeto’s. Some of these are […]

Don’t Toss That Antique!

Don’t Toss That Antique!

A wonderful residential client of mine had an old, antique chair.  This was not just some wood and fabric … it had belonged to her mother and held sentimental value for her.  The chair had seen better days, and the only place it belonged was in a closet.  Or storage.  And what’s the use of […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re like me, there is a delicate balance between running your business, servicing your clients, spending time with your family and preparing for Thanksgiving. It sure is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle. With that in mind, I want to make sure I take the time to express my thanks. I […]

Decorating for the Holidays?  We Can Help

Decorating for the Holidays? We Can Help

Now that Thanksgiving is upon us, holiday décor is being unpacked and hitting the shelves. This is a great time to have your home or office professionally decorated for the holidays. Any holiday! If you’re celebrating something special this year, or simply want the holidays to feel special, Paxton Place Design would love to help. […]

Shop Small Fort Worth is This Weekend!

Shop Small Fort Worth is This Weekend!

I am excited to participate in the Holiday Market presented by Shop Small Fort Worth. I’ll be selling custom pillows, accessories, art, candles, and rugs – along with some jewelry and scarves. I love this event, and always enjoy participating. It’s such a wonderful time to see friends and meet new people. There is a […]

Cha Cha Cha to the Strength Studio

Cha Cha Cha to the Strength Studio

While I enjoy providing updates about my business, my clients and interior design, my favorite posts involve saying thank you. For years, I have suffered from back pain, back spasms and plantar fasciitis – at times, completely horizontal due to the pain and discomfort. I had a feeling that exercise could help, but where should […]

It’s Time for Shop Small Fort Worth

It’s Time for Shop Small Fort Worth

I am excited to participate in the Holiday Market presented by Shop Small Fort Worth. I’ll be selling custom pillows, accessories, art, candles, and rugs – along with some jewelry and scarves. I love this event, and always enjoy participating. It’s such a wonderful time to see friends and meet new people. There is a […]

Lighting the Subject

Lighting the Subject

The Nón Lá, or conical hat, is one of the most distinctive cultural traditions in rural Vietnam. Its simplistic shape is not only interesting, it’s functional – offering protection from the sun and rain, and used as a basket to carry food. The Nón Lá Lamp is inspired, in name and shape, by the same […]

Let’s Make the Holiday Special

Let’s Make the Holiday Special

It seems like holiday décor starts filling the shelves earlier and earlier. While I am no fan of celebrating ghosts and goblins alongside Christmas trees and ornaments, this is a great time to think about having your home or office professionally decorated for the holidays.  Any holiday. If you’re celebrating something special this year, or […]

The Accent Chair

The Accent Chair

I love an interesting accent chair. Along with artwork, a striking accent chair can help add a pop of color, a different texture, or even represent a different design génre. For this space, we were looking at a designer chair that cost around $3,000. Unfortunately, it was too small for the room and a larger […]

A Case for Keeping the Formal Dining Room

A Case for Keeping the Formal Dining Room

I know we’re all dealing with busy schedules, whether you’re an adult or a kid. We’re tracking emails, checking the news, keeping up with friends & family on Facebook, maybe your son is posting on Instagram, double checking assignments, or your daughter is trying to find out if that cute guy in Chemistry “liked” a […]

Unexpected Color Combos

Unexpected Color Combos

While I love to mix color, texture and pattern, for many, the idea can be scary. I totally get it. You may love the color purple but does it really work in the bedroom? Bright yellow may make you smile, but do you want to see it in your kitchen? I think interior design should […]

Ready to Make the Holiday Special?

Ready to Make the Holiday Special?

It seems like holiday décor starts filling the shelves earlier and earlier. While I am no fan of celebrating ghosts and goblins alongside Christmas trees and ornaments, this is a great time to think about having your home or office professionally decorated for the holidays.  Any holiday. If you’re celebrating something special this year, or […]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Would you like to add a mirror to your décor? Not sure where to place it? When following Feng Shui, the guiding principles tell you that it’s bad juju to reflect something like a parking lot, an air conditioner or a messy closet because it magnifies negative energy. Those principles also tell you that placing […]

Viva La Chicken!

Viva La Chicken!

Let’s add a little fun to your décor. This eccentric “Chicken Leg” Table, handmade in Mexico, could roost just about anywhere. At 19” in diameter, this oddity could add some fun and whimsy to a child’s room, as a side table in a family room, or even as an accent piece in a kitchen or […]

Ready for Something Different? How to Choose Patterns

Ready for Something Different? How to Choose Patterns

For many, choosing patterns can be especially daunting. After all, isn’t it easier to paint your walls one color and add a colorful bedspread? But what if you’d like to venture out and add more visuals and graphics? Did you know that three patterns is the minimum you should use? Now before you run screaming […]

Back to School:  Oh the Memories

Back to School: Oh the Memories

It’s that time of the year – time to get the kiddos back to school! The “baby” of our family started her last year at a school we’ve been a part of for 17 years. Next year, she will attend high school and her sister will be driving her back and forth. I must admit […]

Decorating a Coffee Table

Decorating a Coffee Table

The coffee table. It’s an interesting piece of furniture that is meant to provide a visual accent to your living room or sitting area. Unfortunately, it’s very easy for this table to become a catch-all for remote controls, drinking glasses, socks, magazines, and various electronic devices. If you can purposefully decorate your coffee table, it […]

A Visit to the San Miguel Chapel

A Visit to the San Miguel Chapel

Whether I’m in Fort Worth or traveling around the country, I am constantly noticing and appreciating various structures, artwork and interior décor. On a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, we visited the San Miguel Chapel, also known as the oldest church in the United States. According to historical records, it was built between […]

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

These beautiful, decorative throw pillows feature a rustic stripe in the center with alternating motifs. A quick glance and you can see the inspiration derived from antique, Turkish rugs. While the graphic is bold and exotic, there is a cohesion that offers a thoroughly modern look. The designer utilizes three separate processes to give the […]

My Introduction to Great Design

My Introduction to Great Design

When I was eight years old, my father designed and created a sunroom for our home. This may not sound earth shattering, but my father had no background in design or architecture. He was an electrician. Upon hearing that an old convent in Galveston, Texas, was being torn down, my father immediately went to the […]

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

It is with deep gratitude that I celebrate the 4th of July.  I am thankful for all the opportunities this country has given me, and thankful to those who protect our freedom. I am especially grateful to several members of my family who served our country, including my Father, who served in the Army.  My […]

Current Project:  A Fun, Functional Laundry Room

Current Project: A Fun, Functional Laundry Room

Oh the laundry room.  It’s where we separate into like colors, whiten whites, and check all the pockets for loose change, ticket stubs or receipts.  For those of you with little ones, it might also be an emergency “hiding place” when you need a moment alone.  For me, this is one of the places where […]

Creating Balance in a Room

Creating Balance in a Room

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like something was amiss?  The artwork was interesting.  The furniture was nice.  The colors and graphics seemed to work well together.  But all in all, something was not quite right. When this happens, you can usually blame balance – or lack thereof.  While having beautiful artwork, […]

Small Space?  Here’s a Few Ideas

Small Space? Here’s a Few Ideas

Almost every home has a quirky, small space. It could be at the bottom of a staircase, near your kitchen, or off a hallway. If your house is older, you may have a few more odd spaces that can leave you scratching your head. So what can you do with a small space? First, if […]

How About Creating Your Own Color?

How About Creating Your Own Color?

Every December, the design world starts buzzing when Pantone prepares to announce their Color of the Year. Last December, Rose Quartz and Serenity were both named Color of the Year 2016. It was big news. Not because the colors were brilliant – not my cup of tea – but because they picked two! Don’t judge. […]

Take Time to Count Your Blessings

Take Time to Count Your Blessings

This weekend marks a momentous occasion in the McCans’ household. Our son, Hunter, is graduating from Nolan Catholic High School. He will then head to Oklahoma University where he is enrolled in the OU Honors Program with an emphasis on Electrical Engineering and a minor in music. If you’re honoring a graduate in your household, […]

I’ll Be at Shop Small Fort Worth on May 15th

I’ll Be at Shop Small Fort Worth on May 15th

What is Shop Small Fort Worth? This is a local organization that offers small businesses, artisans, and craftsmen a place to showcase their goods and services. It will take place at Brik Venue on Sunday, May 15th, from 11am to 5pm. This is my first year to participate and I’ll feature accessories, lamps, art and […]

The Refined Recliner

The Refined Recliner

Few things are as sacred as a man and his recliner. It’s such serious business that a manufacturer wrapped their entire company around this piece of furniture. While I would never want to come between a man and his gargantuan, over-stuffed chair, I would like to recommend an update on the puffy classic. Now I […]

What Can You Do With a Limited Budget?  Plenty!

What Can You Do With a Limited Budget? Plenty!

For those of you who have a medical practice, most of your budget is likely swallowed by staff expenses and benefits, the building or space you occupy, and equipment. So what can you do to update your space with cost in mind? Actually, there are a number of things you can do. A pediatric dentist […]

Do You Love Your Office?

Do You Love Your Office?

Keep your nose to the grindstone. Work your fingers to the bone. 24/7. No wonder our work spaces are so generic and uninspired. But when you consider how much time you spend at your job – shouldn’t it be one of the most personal and pleasant places you can be? Do you love the space […]

Stars in Recovery Luncheon is May 18th!

Stars in Recovery Luncheon is May 18th!

I know many of you are pulled in a thousand different directions, and I’m no exception. Work, spouse, kids, clients, errands … it’s a wonder we have time to breathe! But this year, I joined the board of Recovery Resource Council; an amazing organization whose sole purpose is to help people with addiction and mental […]

A Brief History of Columns

A Brief History of Columns

I find architecture fascinating. Not only the functionality but its aesthetic evolution. From time to time, I’ll take a closer look at an aspect of architecture. Even if you’re not an architecture nerd, you might find the information really interesting. If you are an architecture nerd, I might start a club. The column has been […]

The Sophisticated Guest Room

The Sophisticated Guest Room

The guest room is a terrific place to create a calm, sophisticated space that will suit just about anyone. One way to create that “feel” is to utilize a monochromatic palette – essentially focusing on one color. In this guest room, the client asked me to work with the existing paint color and window treatments. […]

The Throw Pillow Dilemma

The Throw Pillow Dilemma

What is the purpose of throw pillows? How many should I add to my bed? These are a couple of questions I hear quite often, and to be honest, I could talk about pillows all day. I could also talk about snacks on an extended basis so at least you know I’m well rounded! I […]

Sculpture as Furniture:  Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair

Sculpture as Furniture: Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair

While we live in a world obsessed with the newest, the latest and the shiniest, there is something captivating about a piece of furniture created decades ago. Designer Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) is an amazing example. Considered a master at designing furniture and sculptures, he often blurred the lines between the two. “In sculpture, I am […]

Washing Away the Boredom of a Laundry Room

Washing Away the Boredom of a Laundry Room

Oh, the laundry room. A place where many of us spend a number of hours each week, and yet, in many homes, this space is often the most plain and uninspired. I recently read an article that said Americans spend more time, on average, in the laundry room than they do the bathroom! So here’s […]

A Dental Office with an OMG! Interior

A Dental Office with an OMG! Interior

With competition ever-increasing among doctors and dentists, it’s important to set the tone right when a client walks in your door. I worked with a pediatric dentist to lighten and brighten the space for his little patients – as well as their parents. Despite a limited budget, we decided to take the kids “around the […]

There’s Always Room for Fun

There’s Always Room for Fun

One of my favorite aspects of interior design is adding something fun and unexpected. See this adorable Pig Table?  I added this table to a contemporary ranch in West Texas.  It was next to a fabulous swivel chair located behind a modern Italian sectional.  While the room leaned contemporary, which can be angular and clean, […]

Make a Statement with Art

Make a Statement with Art

Nothing sets the tone for a space like an original piece of art. The size, the medium, the   color, the subject; artwork not only provides a focal point for the eye, it provides a logical direction for interior design. Now not everyone is a collector and therefore, adding art can feel intimidating. So where do […]

Don’t Forget the Lighting!

Don’t Forget the Lighting!

Lighting may be one of the most overlooked aspects of interior design, and yet, it’s one of the most important. Lighting is essential in terms of creating a mood and ambiance of a living space. After all, you’ve furnished your home with beautiful furniture, flooring, accessories and pieces of art. Give everything a chance to […]

Is Wallpaper a Thing of the Past?

Is Wallpaper a Thing of the Past?

Just saying the word “wallpaper” may sound a bit tired and dated, but utilizing a wallcovering is a great way to add print, texture or color to any room. One of my clients wanted to add pink to her space. Her home is a transitional look and I thought it would be interesting to add […]

Catering to the Male Client:  Patience and Simplicity

Catering to the Male Client: Patience and Simplicity

Interior design geared toward a male client does not have to mean a brown room and beer cans. Brown carpet, tan paint, a brown leather sofa with a mini-fridge built in? I think we can do much better. Here’s my approach … First, utilizing a large piece of art is a great starting point. Whether […]

The Pantone Color of the Year

The Pantone Color of the Year

If you’ve ever noticed Pantone’s Color of the Year, they often choose something that can be a bit exotic as far as paint color. A client saw the 2016 selections, Serenity and Rose Quartz, and asked if there was a baby announcement coming.  I get that response because even though the color(s) can be interesting, […]

Take Time to Count Your Blessings

Take Time to Count Your Blessings

I know this time of year is crazy for just about all of us.  Rather than stress over matching your linens to the candles, the silverware and your centerpiece, keep your table setting relaxed and simple, leaving ample time to count your blessings. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my dogs, my business […]

Making the Most of Your Kitchen

Making the Most of Your Kitchen

More and more, my clients are requesting an open concept kitchen. One terrific solution is an over-sized pantry.  With this addition, you get an additional sink and ovens, as well as an attached food pantry.  Don’t have everything in its place?  That’s okay … just close the door to the pantry and you can get […]

Christmas Is Where the Family Is

Christmas Is Where the Family Is

It’s not every day that I design a Christmas tree for an over-sized butler’s pantry, but that’s exactly where this is! There was ample space in this area of the house.  And best of all, the family spends a ton of time here, so why not have some fun with the holidays?   As you […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix For a Match

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix For a Match

This photo is a terrific example of mixing a contemporary piece inside a rustic cabin. You’ll note the hard and angular lines provided by the table, chairs, the exposed stone and even the oven.  Now check out the needed softness provided by the wingback chair and the funky, patterned pillow. When you love a particular […]

The Hipster Shelving Unit

The Hipster Shelving Unit

I truly appreciate a versatile piece of furniture and this bookshelf is a terrific example. This is the kind of piece – a smaller version or a wall-unit – that can be placed in a dining room, the kitchen, a living room or an office.  It can be used as storage, to hold dishes, and […]

Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth

Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth

I’d like to tell you about our home away from home.  Is it the beach?  Is it a mountain hide-away?  Nope.  It’s a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth called Pulido’s, and you’ll find us there at least once a week. Robert Pulido, Sr., is the owner and they are the sweetest family.  It’s not […]

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